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Westward Ho! Devon
NGR: SS438288 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height: 30m
Digital TV: BBC A: 28 D3&4: 25 BBC B: 22
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Comments: Westward Ho! is a relay of Huntshaw Cross

April 2006

The site is placed on a notably high ridge, steeply falling away to Westward Ho! village to the north west, thus screening Huntshaw Cross to the SE.

The tower is located within a compound for the local water authority with no Arqiva signage visible.

Due to its high location, it's highly populated by the expected mobile 'phone, and now TETRA antennas. No doubt, the water company, and coastguard also use this site, with great coverage along the coast, and inland to Barnstaple to the east.

Westward Ho! was built by the IBA to provide Southwest England regional programmes to an area that had otherwise received Welsh UHF TV from Presely. It entered service on 1-May-1981, with Channel 4 added in August 1984.

The RX aerial is visible on the left-hand side, just below the microwave dish.

One of the few aerials in Westward Ho! village, angled correctly. I noted the majority of houses had two aerials, one usually horizontal and facing into the hill with the local mast atop, and the second either facing easterly toward Barnstaple, or north, to receive Croyde.

Like many other areas on the north Devon coast, reception of the Welsh UHF main stations is possible, in the case of Westward Ho! from Presely.

(NB Croyde is fed from Caradon Hill, supplying the Plymouth ITV sub-region, instead of the Barnstaple opt-out for local news).


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